Spies happy in wet and dry

Ben Spies declared himself happy with his performance during the opening day of World Superbike competition at Donington Park after qualifying a provisional third position.

Returning to one of the few circuits on the WSBK calendar he has competed on before, when he raced MotoGP for Rizla Suzuki last year, Spies was immediately quick during free practice to come away with the fastest time.

The wet-to-dry provisional qualifying session went on to pose new challenges for Spies, but the American was satisfied with his performance in either condition to secure an initial third position on the grid.

“Today went well for us,” the Yamaha rider said. “We started out with a good first session. The second session started out wet, we tried a very different set up to the one we used in Misano and straight away we were quick, when the track was wet we were second quickest which was good.

“When it dried out we put on tyres that we had used in the first free practice session and put race distance on them. They were heat cycled and already had a lot of laps on them from this morning and we were still right there and running 1min 31secs easily so the bike's working really well. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.”

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June 27, 2009 2:55 AM

I find it amusing how the above 2 comments, as of this moment, have comment rankings of 5 agree / 7 disagree and 2 agree / 6 disagree respectively. How can the disagrees be more? Spies is obviously doing very well and for some reason we have some readers at this forum who are just bubbling with negativity towards Ben's accomplishments. Make no mistake, he has been a great addition to WSBK and the entire WSBK field this year is superb. It's not often where we have a seaon where we can't really predict who will absolutely win. There are many Riders who have the talent to do so on any given weekend. C'mon Sunday - I need to get a racing fix!


June 26, 2009 10:43 PM

Way to go Big Ben! It is outstanding that you test the bike/tires capabilities so that you can push harder come race day. So intelligent to not push too hard after the rains and risk a bail. Here's hoping you pull off a double to make up for some of the bad luck you have been suffering lately. The title chase will get a lot more interesting if Haga remains around tenth and you and Fabrizio battle for the wins.

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